Living the New Normal: Taking care of contact lenses
Have you taken notice of the fact that we have been living with coronavirus pandemic for over half of the year now? In these unprecedented times, face masks, hand sanitisers, and social distancing have become the new normal. With over 15 million cases worldwide, the World Health Organisation (WHO) chief said that the pandemic is not even close to being over. He warned that the worst is yet to come.
The global death toll has surpassed over six lakh now. Right from opening the country's first plasma bank to continuously tracing and treating, the Indian government is taking all necessary measures to help people and protect people from coronavirus.
Living in such an uncertain time is not easy. Therefore, personal hygiene and taking precautions for whatever we wear and use, like eyeglasses, clothes, etc. has become paramount. At CFS, we have been constantly informing our readers about eye care, as health experts all around the world are urging people to avoid touching their face and eyes to prevent becoming infected with the novel coronavirus.
In this blog, we’ll attempt to guide how you can take care of your contact lenses and what you can do to keep your eyes healthy.
Why is taking care of contact lenses important?
Though there is no evidence that a person can contract coronavirus by wearing contact lenses, it is vital to follow hygiene measures for eye care. Contact lenses can cause irritation in the eyes. Therefore the wearer tends to rub his/her eyes and face often. Rubbing eyes puts the wearer into a higher risk of getting affected by germs and other infections.
Tips for handling contact lens
- Wash your hands thoroughly with a hand wash or mild soap for at least 20 seconds and dry it with a clean towel before touching your contact lenses.
- Make it a point to use unexpired, fresh lens care solutions. Do not use bottled water or saliva to clean your lenses.
- Disinfect your lens every day.
- If you're using disposable contact lenses, then throw them after using once or as prescribed by your eye specialist.
- Do not sleep wearing contact lenses as it puts you into an increased risk of eye irritation and infection.
- It is essential to clean the case of your contact lenses every once in a while.
- Avoid rubbing your eyes and face.
- Check twice before wearing contact lenses again. It should be clean and damage-free. A damaged contact lens can harm your eyes.
- Are you among those people who do not mind sharing contact lenses with others? If yes, then stop sharing contact lenses as it increases the chances of infection and lens damage.
- Always speak to your doctor before considering changing the brand of your contact lens solution as all of them differ in some way or the other.
- It is always good to refill your contact lens case with a new solution. Try not to add more quantity to the existing solution.
Risks related to contact lens
- If your contact lens does not fit well or is old, then it may end up scratching your eyes. This can lead to blood vessels’ growth into your cornea, causing a threat to vision.
- If you put eye drops, then do not put it while wearing contact lenses. Remove your lens before putting any kind of lubricating drops in your eyes.
- In case you are experiencing fever, cold or cough, avoid using contact lenses.
At Centre for Sight, we care for your eyes. Right from comprehensive eye assessment to complex surgeries, we do it all. In these pressing times, if you face eye infection or any kind of eye ailment, please reach our hospital for the best possible eye care. It is advised to take up regular eye checkups if you wear contact lenses often. It is recommended to follow your eye care expert's directions post checkups.
Article: Living the New Normal: Taking care of contact lenses
Author: CFS Editorial Team | July 29 2020 | UPDATED 7:15 IST
*The views expressed here are solely those of the author in his private capacity and do not in any way represent the views of Centre for Sight.